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Naomi Watts is Now a Radiant Redhead

By  November 12, 2014

naomi-watts-redheadNaomi Watts isn’t a blonde bombshell…at least for the moment.

The star was spotted with strawberry blonde locks on the set of her upcoming movie Three Generations where she plays the mother of a young trans man played by Elle Fanning.

It might not seem like a big change, but the last time Watts strayed from her signature bright blonde was back in 2006 for The Painted Veil. We think it’s likely that her new hue is created by a demi-permanent dye that could easily wash out–but regardless, we’re loving the change and think it even makes Watts look a little like Nicole Kidman. Are you digging her new look?

Instagram Diary: The Tyra Banks Takeover at HSN

By  November 11, 2014

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Tyra Banks has been a runway regular since the ‘90s, and with more than two shows that took over the airwaves, the model/media mogul has found new territory to conquer: the beauty aisle. Recently, Banks launched her line of makeup musts on HSN. Of course in true Banks fashion, her segment was transformed into a spectacular that we had the chance to see first hand.

Get the Look: Tousled and Twisted Tresses at Banana Republic Summer 2015

By  November 11, 2014

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Although we spotted this effortless-chic hair look at Marissa Webb’s Summer 2015 collection for Banana Republic, the only thing we could think about is how perfect it would look on anyone this winter for holiday parties. We turned to TRESemmé Stylist Jeanie Syfu,, who styled the look for Webb’s show, to get the how-to on this easy style.

Syfu started with the TRESemmé Thermal Creations Volumizing Mousse on damp hair and rough-dried the ends for added texture and lift, finishing the process with a round brush for smoothness at the hairline. Next, she curled the hair vertically with a 1-inch curling iron, brushing back the hair and spritzing the brand’s 24 Hour Body Finishing Spray for loose waves. Syfu then gathered the hair at the hairline, splitting it into two sections before she began twisting the hair at the crown. She worked her way back to the nape of the neck where she secured the twists with bobby pins for both sides. Once secured, Syfu finished the look by gently pulling loose strands around the hairline to frame the face and dusting the hair with the Fresh Start Volumizing Dry Shampoo to mattify the texture.

First Look at Prabal Gurung for MAC

By  November 11, 2014

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Prabal Gurung describes the woman he envisions wearing his line as intelligent, independent, and glamorous for a good reason. For his collaboration with MAC, the decadent designer tapped into every beauty buff’s fascination with pretty packaging and vibrant hues. “I didn’t know the beauty brands or the big designers when I was really young, but I was fascinated by the packaging and the beautiful boxes. It was almost magical,” he explained.

The gilded collection is inspired by work from Damien Hirst and Sylvie Fleury with intentions to elevate the idea of luxury itself. The opulent pops of red, rose, and fuchsia with softer, complementary shadows and powders are perfectly suited for bold holiday beauty looks and the gold linked packaging is sure to be a conversation start during the social season.

Take a closer look at the collection and see what sultry shades you can snap up when the collection hits shelves and online on November 26.

Beauty Buzz: Lisa Price Sets the Record Straight, Finally Score Jared Leto’s Signature Ombré, and a Fragrance Blast from the Past

By  November 10, 2014

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Mane mavens and beauty buffs had a lot of feelings when Carol’s Daughter announced it was joining forces with L’Oréal a few weeks ago. But founder Lisa Price is here to assure you there’s no need to worry, as there’s are no major changes to the brand with the news deal. As she herself explained, “Honestly, there have not really been any changes. I am still Carol’s Daughter. My offices and team are completely intact. We will all operate as we always have out of TriBeCa, but going forward we will have access to resources, knowledge, expertise that we have not had previously.” [Fashion/Style/Beauty]

From his sultry beach waves to his impeccable ombré, Jared Leto has spent 2014 inspiring loads of hair envy. But now, we can finally achieve the same mane magnificence, as Leto’s stylist Chase Kusero, Aaron Grenia, and Franck and Leo Izquierdo are opening up shop inside the Dream Downtown Hotel. Called IGK, the new salon will offer the actor’s signature Balayage as one of its many services. Book now or be left on a waiting list! [The Cut]

Talk about buried treasure! An 1864 Civil War blockade runner called the Mary Celestia sank off the coast of Bermuda with a secret stash of luxury scents aboard. The beauty artifacts didn’t surface until 2011 where they were hand-delivered to Drom fragrance laboratories and chemically analyzed for modern use. Surprisingly, notes like grapefruit, rose, orange flower, rosewood, and amber are still very much in, as they were crafted by the godfather of modern perfumery, G.W. Septimus Piesse. Ahh, the smell of history! [InStyle]

It’s time to expect more of our makeup. Skincare ingredients have seeped into the contents of our cosmetics cases over the years, but Zelens is lightening the load by infusing these skin essentials directly into a new line of cosmetics. Each beauty buy boasts anti-aging and healing benefits by combining high-performance biotechnology with plant base molecules to improve skin over time. Maybe we can “wake up like this,” after all! [Glam Inbox]

Clarins wants to ensure you snag a few sweet deals before the holiday shopping season officially starts. The beauty brand is hosting its Warehouse Sale in Orangeburg, NY from November 20 to 22 where shoppers can score 50% or more off of retail price for all of their major must-haves for the season and beyond. VIPs can start shopping at 11AM on Thursday, while the public can shop ‘til they drop from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00p.m. on the same day; from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Friday, and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday. Did someone say road trip? [Glam Inbox]

Clinique wants everyone to have a happy holiday and a great education. To commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami, the brand is hoping to build it 100th school before 2014 ends. You can easily pitch in with the purchase of Clinique’s signature Happy Hearts fragrance, which donates $10 to the initiative, and now there’s a Chubby Stick that can contribute an additional $3 to the cause while bumping up your lip look. Another point for beauty that gives back! [Glam Inbox]

Current Obsession: The Power of the Ocean

By  November 10, 2014

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The forces of nature never cease to amaze. But a lot of the time, we think of the ocean merely in terms of its beauty when we head out for a day at the beach, or of its terror in a storm. More and more I’ve been noticing just how powerful our oceans are, and how salt water can influence our lives in more ways than we think. From beauty to mental health, it’s time to consider the myriad of ways the ocean can inspire. Below I’ve listed just a few of my recent ocean-related obsessions:

1) Skin Care: Ever since ancient times, beauty gurus have touted the benefits of seawater, for its huge concentrations of vitamins and minerals. Many up-and-coming beauty products these days follow those same principals, injecting ocean botanicals or seawater into their ingredient list. These products can do anything from tone and firm to banish blemishes and add a major dose of moisture. Some specific ingredients to look out for are deep sea water (loaded with minerals), marine botanicals (for firming and hydrating), and sea enzymes or algae (to promote skin health and even skin tone). 

2) Physical Healing: Seawater has historically been used as a way to heal cuts and wounds (though you should be wary of attempting this yourself, as contaminated water can cause infections). Aside from the water itself, algae, kelp, and sea minerals all provide the same nutrients when consumed as they do when applied topically, such as vitamin B and iodine. It has also been suggested that living by the coast can contribute to better health and wellbeing, which I can totally see – who doesn’t love hanging out by the beach? 

3) Calming & Relaxation: Speaking of wellbeing… Not many people would deny that the ocean has calming effects. People listen to the soothing repetition of ocean waves (natural sounds are known to ease you into sleep much better than non-natural sounds, which can disturb) and some believe it has the same calming effects on us as meditation, which I am a huge fan of. Studies in this area are relatively new, but you can’t deny that the ocean benefits us mentally just as much as it does physically. 

Hope you find this info interesting. Be sure to let me know if you look into it further!

MP Headshot 2 finalMichelle Phan is a young digital pioneer, who trail-blazed her way in the world of fashion; beauty on YouTube. With a growing global community of over 6 million, Michelle’s videos have been viewed more than 1 billion times, making her one of the most watched talents in the digital space. She is an award-winning content creator who produces, directs, stars in and edits all of her own work, and has released over 800 videos since 2007. Her unprecedented, signature video style clean, artful, and expertly edited, with clear, easy-to-follow titles and voiceover instruction helped solidify her position as the #1 Beauty Guru and the 3rd most subscribed female on YouTube.

Meet Moschino’s Beauty Bear

By  November 10, 2014

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As if Barbie wasn’t enough to channel out inner child, Jeremy Scott has a new Moschino must-have up his sleeve: fragrance.

The eau de toilette, aptly called Toy, will first hit shelves across the pond on November 13 at Harrods in London, according to Women’s Wear Daily. Though the notes are under tight wraps for now, the scent meant to be unisex and comes housed in tiny teddy bear wearing a “This Is Not a Moschino Toy” T-shirt — no doubt inspired by his signature sneakers for Adidas.

The product may be playful, but Steven Meisel toned down the whimsy of Moschino’s new toy for its elegant campaign, which features Brazilian beauty Isabeli Fontana adorned in the cuddly beauty bears. We have a feeling fragrance fanatics and beauty buffs who can’t say no to pretty packaging will be sure to snap up this scent!

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Beauty Buzz: Estée Lauder Loves Frédéric Malle, Jessica Simpson’s Little Makeup Maven, and The Bold Brow Boom

By  November 10, 2014

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Estée Lauder has just check off another big brand off of its shopping list: Editions de Parfums Frédéric Malle. It looks like the beauty conglomerate is upping its game by looking to nurture hi-end, artisanal fragrance brands after it recently snapped up Le Labo. As explained by Fabrizio Freda, president and chief executive officer of Lauder, “Malle’s uncompromising dedication to pure perfumery has established him as the most sought-after collaborator by the world’s most talented perfumers. He has created a true luxury brand that augments our portfolio of prestige beauty products.” [WWD]

Watch out, North West; you’re not the only celebrity tot who loves her mom’s vanity! Jessica Simpson shared a few snaps of her daughter Maxwell as she started swiping and swatching lip gloss from her walk-in closet. “I need to move my lip gloss drawer! My favorites always get taken by this 2yr old!” she captioned the snap of the little beauty guru in the making. We suggest a play date with North, Maxwell, and our Kindergarten Critic! [InStyle]

Bold brows have been a big trend for the past few seasons, creating a significant boom in the industry. According to an analysis by NPD, U.S. sales in the prestige eyebrow market has doubled since 2011, reaching $143 million. Given the youthful appeal of bold brows, the style has seen a big draw from all age groups with brands and shops like Anastasia Beverly Hills Benefits, RevitaLash, and Striiike providing different formulas and services to get the look. As brow artist Kristie Streicher explained, “At first people would look at me like I had two heads when I said they couldn’t touch their brows for six weeks, but about two years ago the market started to catch up. Thank Cara Delevingne.” [WWD]

While J. Crew has dipped its proverbial toe into the beauty pool with fragrance, one of its own is plotting a true takeover. The brand’s long-time makeup artist and hairstylist Troi Ollivierre is launching an eponymous collection of six lip colors, including two exclusively available at J. Crew. The luxe lippies will provide moisturizing, high-impact pigment without any weight to provide a bold but clean look. “It’s really about the beauty of the girl coming through,” he said. [GlamBlush]

Our bookshelves are lined with beauty bibles, but there’s a new tome that’s sure to change the game. Kenneth Willardt’s The Beauty Book packs 15 years worth of epic editorials and ads from our favorite brands, but it doesn’t stop there. If you download the accompanying app and hold it over certain pages, they become animated, making for a more immersive experience. We see a trip to the nearest bookstore in our future! [The Cut]

 

The Pixie Pop-Up: Celebs Revive The Cropped Coif

By  November 06, 2014

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Miley Cyrus set off a wave of cropped coifs in 2013 that consumed many stars’ strands. Though the lob has taken the title of the cut of 2014, a few celebs are reviving the super-short style to shake things up. Check out who’s now pumping up the pixie power:

Everything You Need to Know About the new Gucci Beauty Line

By  November 06, 2014

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After more than a year in the making, Gucci’s new beauty line is finally on counters–just in time to meet your holiday shopping needs. While the first collection of color cosmetics from the brand is anchored by shades that frequently appear in the designs of Gucci clothes and accessories, the palette of gold, red, ottanio (a vibrant teal), black, bronze and copper also happen to be just the hues you need for your smoldering evening looks. Glam had a chance to play with the new products. Here’s what you need to know.

  1. The makeup is equal parts inspired by Gucci’s fashion heritage and modern makeup artistry. The colors, textures, and packaging are the product of a collaboration between designer Frida Giannini, the creative director of the fashion House, and world renowned makeup artist Pat McGrath.
  2. Each beauty product doubles as a little fashion accessory. The influence of Giannini—who used to design accessories for the fashion House–can easily be seen in the packaging and presentation of the products, from the interlocking G logo imprinted on the face of all the powders and shadows to the Gucci web stripe, reinterpreted in gold throughout the cases and compacts.
  3. The formulations are very high tech. Pretty packaging is great for showing off during your #commuterbeauty moments, but product performance is what really matters. As the artistic director of the line, McGrath ensured that “products met her precise professional standards, with textures and finishes crafted using rich, state of the art formulas.” In other words, the products are smooth, pigmented, and long-wearing. The Impact Longwear Eyepencil has a precise 30 second dry down time—once time is up, the color is not budging. The Audacious Color-Intense Lipstick is shaped at a precise angle to optimize the “tug” of the lipstick when dragged, so that it grips the lips in a way that smoothly deposits the pigment. The eye shadows are designed to give the same rich color payoff when used dry as other shadows are with a wet application. And despite names like “Iconic Gold” and “Iconic Copper,” the shades are wearable and flattering without too much shimmer.
  4. The foundation gives you the Gucci model glow. For the perfect complexion, you want to glow…but not be glowing. The foundation from the line is formulated to strike a precise balance between natural and luminous—with an exclusive finish reminiscent of how Gucci models look in the ads. And because models work long hours, so does this foundation.
  5. There’s also a mini skincare range. While the focus of the collection is on color cosmetics, the brand also introduced a small skincare collection including a priming serum (which doubles as an over-makeup refresher), a purifying cleansing water, toner, and light moisturizer. All skincare products are formulated to be suitable for a variety of skin types ranging from dry to oily. The brand says more skincare products are being considered.